- 1Of a dull greyish-brown colour: a dun cowMore example sentences
- The prevailing greyish dun distances were relieved by colour, by small spots of cheerful intimacy in patches of cultivation the more precious for being sustained in such arduous circumstances.
- Into this dun world steps the elegant and cultured woman with vague ambitions to ‘tame inner-city thugs with recitations of poetry.’
- In literature the era of ‘offensively Australian’ nationalism and tediously dun naturalism was over.
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- 1 [mass noun] A dull greyish-brown colour.More example sentences
- A mutt the colour of dun stood near by, barking every now and again.
- Surrounding the cone on three sides were high walls of volcanic rock forming an amphitheater almost a mile and a half wide, a subtle palette of dun, gray, and beige.
- 2A horse with a sandy or sandy-grey coat, black mane, tail, and lower legs, and a dark dorsal stripe.More example sentences
- She was his mount, a unicorn mare with a dun's coat.
- The Indians ride bareback on paints (white horses with dark colored markings) and duns (grayish brown horses) with snaffle bridles.
- Three women were working in the kitchen and a man was sitting at the table, sipping black coffee from a cup bigger than the dun's hoof.
- 3A subadult mayfly, which has drab coloration and opaque wings.More example sentences
- In July the three creeks - DePuy's, Nelson's, and Armstrong's - produce clouds of mayflies called pale morning duns, which draw monster rainbows to the surface.
- Later they take the emerging fly, the hatched dun (or ‘green drakes’) and the ovipositing (egg laying) spinner.
- But they can live for a week in the preceding stage, as winged, asexual duns; and before then, some live underwater for two or three years as nymphs.
Old English dun, dunn, of Germanic origin; probably related to dusk.
verb (duns, dunning, dunned)[with object]
- Make persistent demands on (someone), especially for payment of a debt: after he left Oxford he was frequently dunned for his debtsMore example sentences
- Have I decided to stop dunning you for contributions?
- They had been dunning me for a £10 bill I had naively thought I would leave to the next serious accounting.
- The Vendome incident would haunt him for a long time, since well after he had served his prison sentence the Republican government would be dunning him for 500,000 francs, the cost of restoring the column.
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- 1.1A demand for payment.More example sentences
- They start off with a dun from distributors for $2 at the door.
early 17th century (as a noun): from obsolete Dunkirk privateer, from the French port of Dunkirk.
- A stone-built fortified settlement in Scotland or Ireland, of a kind built from the late Iron Age to the early Middle Ages. The word is a frequent place-name element in Scotland and Ireland.More example sentences
- Brochs, duns and wheel-houses can all be seen on South Uist, many of them on islands in the lochs.
- The presence of an Iron Age dun on its western edge suggests that it also had a much earlier sentinel role.
- Swindon - derived from the Saxon words swine dun meaning pig hill - was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, but it was not until the late 13 th century that it grew into a small town with a weekly market.
late 18th century: from Irish dún, Scottish Gaelic dùn 'hill or hill fort'.